Bad News Barrett def. Big E to become the new Intercontinental Champion

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May 04, 2014

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  – After besting a number of WWE’s finest in a tournament to determine the No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship, Bad News Barrett backed up all of his talk, defeating the massive Big E at Extreme Rules and claiming the prestigious title for the fourth time.

One of the top brawlers in recent WWE history, Barrett defeated former World Champions Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam to earn the opportunity against Big E at Extreme Rules. After delivering his trademark “bad news” oratory, Barrett riled up the rowdy New Jersey crowd – some of whom rallied around the British Superstar.

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As the bout got underway, it was obvious that Barrett and Big E’s different styles would lead to a competitive matchup worthy of a championship held by  WWE Hall of Famers like “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and Ultimate Warrior. The power and agility of the monstrous Intercontinental Champion was matched by the unorthodox, pure brawling repertoire of Bad News Barrett.

The resiliency of both Superstars was also on display as momentum shifted back and forth. Barrett and Big E traded counters as the action even spilled to the outside. Most impressive from both competitors was their ability to remain in the fight and either counter or kick out from pinfalls following their respective signature maneuvers.

Highlighting the importance of the Intercontinental Championship, the battle raged with the WWE Universe on the edge of its collective seat.  Late in the contest, Big E  ducked the challenger’s Bad News Bull Hammer Elbow, only to be caught by the devastating elbow as Barrett rebounded off the ropes.

For Big E, it truly was bad news as Barrett immediately secured the pinfall for the championship victory. Barrett's victory was certainly good news for him, but the question remains: How long can he deliver the news in his favor?

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